It’s fun watching the right go at each other over Todd Akin’s idiotic statement about rape and pregnancy. Virtually the entire Republican establishment, along with some of the whackos, have called for his head, while a bunch of far right figures are defending him. Karl Rove made an ill-advised joke about killing Akin and now the hard right wants him gone. Joseph Farah is demanding that Mitt Romney dump Rove:
It’s now Rove who is hurting his party, not Akin.
While Akin was back home campaigning, Rove was in Tampa shaking down 70 of the party’s top donors boasting of how his super PAC was going to lead the Republicans to victory in crucial swing states.
According to a Businessweek reporter’s account of that meeting, Rove made the following remark: “We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!” …
What Rove said behind closed doors is far more disgraceful than anything Akin, a gentleman, ever thought of saying. But an apology is hardly enough to erase a remark like that. So it’s time for Rove to take his own advice to Akin and get out of the way so he doesn’t become a distraction in this race.
As the grand dame of the conservative movement, Phyllis Schlafly, said: “Karl Rove has made himself toxic to Republicans by his incredibly offensive and dangerous statement suggesting the murder of Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri. Any candidate or network who hires Rove will now be tarnished with this most malicious remark ever made in Republican politics. … Rove has been calling on Todd Akin to resign, but the one who should resign because he made an embarrassing, malicious and downright stupid remark is Karl Rove.”…She is right. In fact, she understates the case. Rove has got to go. This is a man who has never deserved the “genius” accolades heaped upon him by the establishment Republicans. He wallows in the hyperbolic adjective bestowed upon him by purveyors of conventional wisdom who actually believe he was the “architect” of the political victories of George W. Bush.
I don’t know why he’s telling Romney to dump Rove, since Rove doesn’t work for his campaign. He does head the Crossroads and Crossroads GPS groups, but Romney certainly can’t tell him not to spend that $100 million he’s going to spend supporting Republican candidates. But it’s sure fun to watch them throw bombs at each other. Hey, I’d be thrilled if Rove was thrown out of the Republican party. Go Farah, go.